Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: FASTLANE

The FY20 Budget: Highway Trust Fund Assumptions

March 19, 2019 – The details of the President’s budget proposal for fiscal 2020 make it clear that, if the Trump Administration has a plan for long-term fiscal solvency of the Highway Trust Fund, they aren’t presenting it in this budget

CBO Issues Update of Highway Trust Fund Forecast

January 28, 2019 – The Congressional Budget Office today issued a revised Highway Trust Fund forecast estimating that about $165 billion in new taxes or bailout transfers will be necessary to keep the Trust Fund solvent at baseline spending levels for the next decade.

White House Considering 10+ Year Surface Transportation Reauthorization

January 18, 2019 – As Reuters first reported, high-level meetings were held at the White House this week to discuss infrastructure, and at those meetings, the idea of reauthorizing surface transportation programs for a decade or more as part of an infrastructure initiative was discussed.

House to Move Last Year’s Bipartisan Appropriations Agreements Next Week

January 17, 2019 – House Democrats, in yet another attempt to force members to vote on a different way to end the ongoing federal government lapse-of-appropriations shutdown, have posted online the text of a bipartisan omnibus appropriations agreement negotiated last year – while Republicans still controlled both chambers – that they plan to bring up for a vote in the House next week.

FMCSA Issues Order Preempting California State Law on Trucker Meal/Rest Breaks

December 21, 2018 – At 5:15 p.m. today – the Friday before Christmas – the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it has determined that California’s state laws requiring minimum meal and rest breaks for truck drivers are preempted by federal hours-of-service laws. The determination by FMCSA came in response to petitions filed by the American Trucking Associations and the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association.

DOT Requests Applications for FY19 INFRA Grants

December 21, 2018 – The Department of Transportation today solicited applications for fiscal year 2019 grants under what is now called the INFRA surface transportation grant program created by the FAST Act (officially the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects program, but no one can pronounce NSFHP). Applications are due March 4, 2019 for what USDOT anticipates will be between $855-902.5 million in funding.

TIFIA Loan Activity Slowed in FY18

November 2, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Transportation only closed three TIFIA loans in fiscal 2018, totaling $1.8 billion in loan face value. This was less than half of the new loan authority provided by Congress for fiscal 2018 in the FAST Act, which then added to the already-sizable carryover of unused TIFIA funding that has ben building for 20 years.

Visualizing Future Highway Trust Fund Liabilities

October 8, 2018 – The start of the fiscal year gives us a chance to look at the long-term cost of the financial obligations of the Highway Trust Fund and to separate them into the cost of old commitments versus new commitments.

DOT Seeks to Designate Two New University Transportation Centers

September 27, 2018 – On September 21, the USDOT announced the availability of new grants for two additional University Transportation Centers (UTCs). UTCs conduct research, provide education and workforce development, and deliver technology transfer to potential users.

$366 Million in FY18 Bus Grants Announced

September 27, 2018 – The Federal Transit Administration on September 25 announced the winning applicants for $366 million in federal grants for the competitive portion of the bus and bus facility grants program. The $366.2 million consists of $246.5 million in contract authority from the Highway Trust Fund provided by the FAST Act and $161.4 million in general fund appropriations from the FY 2018 omnibus act, reduced by an oversight takedown and prior grant announcements totaling $41.7 million.

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